A Cotillion Country Christmas

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Ellora's Cave Publishing, Incorporated, Dec 4, 2008 - Fiction
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A Christmas Surprise Cynthia Moore Julian Astor, Viscount Bentley is forced to marry Miss Clara Seaford in order to pay off a large gambling debt owed to her father. A misunderstanding on their Christmas Eve wedding night and Julian's subsequent trip to India with Clara's father means their marriage begins awkwardly. Miss Clara Seaford, now Viscountess Bentley, has loved Julian since she first saw him at a debutante ball several years before they were married. Clara struggles with the problem of how best to show Julian her love for him now that he has returned home for the Christmas holidays. A Tradition of Love Carolynn Carey Alethea adores the traditions of Christmas, so it comes as an unpleasant shock to hear Robert, her new husband, declare that he has no time for such trivialities. No Christmas Candle? No Wassail Bowl? No Yule Log? Alethea is horrified, but she's also ready to face the challenge presented by her husband's attitude. With three weeks to go before Christmas Eve, she's determined to find a way to teach her solemn husband to accept help with his responsibilities and to join her in creating their very own Christmas traditions. Christmas Mishaps Amy Corwin According to superstition, if a woman is the first to step over the threshold on Christmas morning, she is a harbinger of misfortune. After her sister elopes with Caroline's betrothed, Caroline ignores the warning. Two miserable years later, she's determined to unite the family for Christmas. Unfortunately, her visit coincides with the unexpected birth of her sister's first child, raising the specter of the old belief. And Caroline causes more mishaps attempting to make amends. Then Lord Edward Masters offers aid, on his terms. She can accept his Christmas gift of love or suffer the consequences. Country House Christmas Barbara Miller A scarred veteran of the Peninsular War, Richard Trent feels useless at his father's estate until Diana Tierney's arrival brings laughter back into his heart. While she is painting his long overdue portrait, he realizes that Diana is no longer a child and he is falling in love with her. Diana has always suspected her sister ruined Richard's life by jilting him and prompting him to join the army. She hopes this Christmas she can solve the mystery of his departure and that he will realize she has more than sisterly feelings for him.

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Miller, Barbara

Cynthia L. Moore is an IT consultant and trainer with 15 years of experience implementing new applications into an organization. She has trained large numbers of users on how to analyze their business and how to get the most out of their software. An adjunct faculty member for multiple community colleges in their Workforce Development departments, Ms. Moore also travels extensively to train users on utilizing Crystal Reports for their business needs. In addition to training users, she has played a significant role in developing several web applications that integrate with Crystal Reports.

By day Barbara Miller works as a business analyst; by night she runs a retirement home for aged horses, dogs and cats. On the week-ends she spends a lot of time in Regency England, creating heroes and heroines to fight the Napoleonic Wars, shock London society, and set the countryside in an uproar. Her accomplice is her computer-expert husband Don, who is one of her biggest fans.

Barb started writing because she was running out of reading material and all her copies of her Georgette Heyer novels were becoming dog-eared. Under the name Laurel Ames she produced eight Regency-era historicals for Harlequin, one of which was nominated for a Rita in 1994.

Barb admits to enjoying the research as much as the writing, and has the books to prove it. France used to be in the dining room and England in the living room. Now that she has taken over the upper story of their old farmhouse as an office at least all the books are one floor. This saves a tremendous amount of time when she is trying to confirm an obscure fact in the middle of the night.

"Dearest Max" is Barb's first Sonnet and although it is a Regency, it required research into Henry VIII's time since the characters are looking for an artifact from Nonsuch Palace. She feels that the combination of romance and mystery is the perfect mix for a fast-paced book.

"The most bizarre feeling is when you are proofreading one of your own books and you get down to the last 30 pages and start wondering how the author (you) is going to fit everything that has to happen in before the end. That's when you know you have the pacing right."

"My Phillipe, " Barb's second Sonnet will be released in October of 2000 and has been blessed with a cover as beautiful as the one for "Dearest Max." All the readers want to meet these men.

Barb is a member of the Western PA Chapter of Romance Writers of America and edits "The Laurel Wreath" newsletter for them. You may email her at scribe@cvzoom.net.

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